A Guide to the History of California

A Guide to the History of California

by Gloria Lothrop, Doyce Nunis


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This book opens the world of published and archival materials about California to those who wish to investigate and research the rich history of this state. Each of the essays elaborates specific periods, topics, or holdings and has been authored by an expert in the respective field or institution. Part I is both a chronological and topical approach to the essential elements that have shaped California's history. Attention is given to its varied ethnic groups and how the state developed. Part II contains essays on the archival and manuscript holdings of the major research centers in the state. Also included are the included are the holdings of smaller historical societies and libraries. Wherever possible, essays contain references to documentary sources, including photographs, as well as printed sources. Archival materials have been preserved from the state's earliest days and most of these are located within the state.

An introduction by the editors is followed by the historical and topical articles in Part I. From Spanish to Mexican rule, to becoming a U.S. territory, through statehood and beyond, the history of California is covered in depth. There are also essays on California Chicanos, blacks, Asians, and women, along with a study of urban areas. Part II contains information on such national archives as federal records centers, the California State Library, and the Huntington Library. A directory of oral history is presented. The appendices follow with a chronology of California history and lists of organizations interested in the state's history. A Guide to the History of California is an indispensable book for those with a special interest in the state and students enrolled in courses on the history of California.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313249709
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/23/1989
Series: Reference Guides to State History and Research
Pages: 321
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

DOYCE B. NUNIS, JR., is Professor of History at the University of Southern California. He is the author of numerous books and articles on different aspects of California history. Since 1962 he has been the editor of the Southern California Quarterly, the publication of the Historical Society of Southern California.

GLORIA RICCI LOTHROP is Professor of History at CSU Polytechnic, Pomona. Her publications include Recollections of the Flathead Mission (Glendale, 1978).

Table of Contents


Part I: The Historical Literature

Hispanic California, 1542-1848 by Iris H.W. Engstrand and Daniel Tyler

Early American California, 1848-1880 by John E. Baur

The Gilded Age and Progressivism, 1880-1930 by Jackson K. Putnam

The Great Depression and World War II, 1930-1945 by James J. Rawls

California since 1945 by Paul Bullock

California Chicanos by Francisco E. Balderrama

California Blacks by Lawrence B. de Graff

California Asians by Donald T. Hata, Jr., and Nadine I. Hata

California Women by Gloria Ricci Lothrop

Urban California by Gunther Barth

Part II: Archives and Sources

National Archives Federal Records Centers: Los Angeles Branch by Diane S. Nixon; San Francisco Branch by Michael Anderson

California State Archives by David L. Snyder

County Records by Kenneth F. Owens

California State Library by Gary F. Kurutz

The Bancroft Library by William M. Roberts

The Huntington Library by Peter J. Blodgett and William P. Frank

California Collection at UCLA by David S. Zeidberg, Ann Caiger, Dan Luckenbill, and Lilace Hatayama

Other Archival Repositories by Gloria R. Lothrop, Larry E. Burgess, and John Porter Bloom

Oral History: A Directory by Willa Baum, Sarah Sharp, and James V. Mink

Appendix I: Chronology of California History

Appendix II: References to Lists of Organizations with Special Interest in California History


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